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Unformatted text preview: Political Science 282 American Foreign Policy Ward Thomas Fall 2006 Fenwick 302 Office x3445; Home (508) 835-9744 (before 10 p.m., please) e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Office Hours: Monday 2-4 p.m., Wednesday 10am-noon, and by appointment This course will explore major themes in U.S. foreign policy, focusing on the longstanding and ongoing debate over the terms of Americas engagement with the world at large. Among the topics discussed will be: the historical development of U.S. foreign policy, the roles played by various institutional actors in the formulation of foreign policy, and issues facing the United States in the contemporary international system, including international trade and economic policy, national security after September 11, international organizations and multilateralism, relations with the Islamic world, and policy toward the developing world. Grading for the course will be determined on the following basis: Class debate (see below): 25% In-class mid-term exam (see below): 10% Take-home mid-term essay (see below): 15% Cumulative final exam: 35% Class participation: 15% (Class participation means participation ; regular attendance is a minimum requirement. It is therefore important not only that you attend class, but that you do the readings and come prepared to contribute constructively to discussion.) Class Debates You will notice that five dates on the syllabus are devoted to class debates. The debates will be conducted according to the following format. Each student in the class will be a primary participant in one debate over the course of the semester. Each side of the debate topic will be argued by a two- or three-person team. You and your teammate(s) will be responsible for: researching the topic thoroughly and constructing a briefing packet of materials in support of your position. This packet should be approximately 20 pages long , and can consist of any number of different types of sources, including (but not limited to) articles from academic journals, newspapers or magazines. The briefing packet must include a table of contents citing each source, as well as a bibliography listing not only those sources you have included, but also further suggested readings you would recommend to someone wishing to learn more about the issue. Attached to the front of the packet should be a 1-2 page opening statemen t framing the issues and summarizing your position . Briefing packets are to be treated as required readings for everyone in the class, and you will be responsible for them on exams....
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